“Trench of Loneliness” is the fourth album of Iterum Nata – a psychedelic folk-rock project by Finnish multi-instrumentalist Jesse Heikkinen. While the music is occasionally upbeat, the general atmosphere has more in common with neo-folk than Jesse’s former band: Hexvessel, for whom he played lead guitar for five years. All aspects of Iterum Nata are profoundly inspired by the pagan worldview, esotericism, and the dark regions of the human mind; the result is something that could easily pass as the bastard offspring of Rome, Tenhi, Of the Wand & the Moon, Linda Perhacs, Espers, and early King Crimson.
“Trench of Loneliness” was recorded at Studio Beyond North Star. With the exception of Hiski Pajuniemi’s appearance on a tin whistle, Jesse handled everything – from the composition to tracking and mixing – entirely by himself.
The project was formed in 2017, following Jesse’s move from Oulu to Tampere. After years of playing other people’s music in various ensembles, all the while longing to write and perform his own material, he conceptualized and founded Iterum Nata. The band name is Latin for ‘born again’ and was chosen as a reference to how a person must always redefine himself – meaning, undergo a rebirth of sorts – in the wake of a powerful experience.
One year after the self-released eponymous debut from 2017 came “The Course of Empire” on Inverse Records. The second Iterum Nata album caught the eye of Finnish label Svart Records, and the critically acclaimed “Bardo Disorder” came out in 2020.